Screen Printing is the most common and successful method of decorating garments – especially teeshirts, poloshirts, sweatshirts hoodies… and by utilising additional substrate the results can be stunning and vibrant – a few examples of screen printing using different types of inks and processes:
Plastisol remains the most popular garment printing method – the non- water soluble ink “rests” directly on the garments producing a textured finish combined with vibrant colours – the range of colours available can compliments the entire Pantone range. Plastisol prints require greater care when washing and cannot be ironed directly.
Water based is a popular printing process and involves penetrating a special decorative ink into the fabric – instead of sitting on top, It is generally used on lighter coloured garments and allows for a bright print. Since the fabric isn’t compromised by the ink, garments are left with a naturally soft feel – which is one of the many benefits of water based inks.
Expandtex – In this method Expanding ink, or puff, is added to plastisol inks which raises the artwork off the garment, creating a 3D feel and look to the design.
Foil is a two part process the first part involves printing a layer of adhesive on the garment, curing that adhesive and second part involves heat-pressing a sheet of foil onto the adhesive. Foil sticks to the adhesive only, leaving a shiny metallic sheen to the design that cannot be achieved with standard screen printed inks giving dazzling effects.
Flock provides with raised “velvet” finish, and the process consists of a glue printed onto the fabric and then flock material is applied, and excessive flock removed giving even surface and provides great colours.
Metallic ink is similar to glitter, but smaller particles suspended in the ink glue is printed onto the fabric, then nano-scale fibers applied on it giving a shimmer effect.
Four Colour Process – the artwork is separated into four colours (CMYK) which when combined gives full spectrum of colours. This means a large number of colours can be simulated using only 4 screens. The inks are required to blend and are more translucent, resulting in reproduction of photographic images. Best results on TeeShirts
Simulated Screen Printing is a specifically developed for screen printing full colour images on dark TeeShirts. The process involves colour separation, the RGB colour image is converted to special opaque or semi opaque colours that are Pantone® matches. Opaque colours give better coverage over the white base that is required for dark shirts
Suede is another great ink that is easy to print and gives the image a textured leather, simulated suede look and feel. With suede additive you can make any colour of plastisol have a suede texture.
Hi Build with combination of inks, additives, increased number of coating, combined with delicate artwork separation and increased preparation time, a “layered” effect can be achieved – resulting in “3D” effect to some designs
Nylabond The latest development in ink technologies that is becoming very popular to print on Nylon.
In this technique the designs are printed on the paper and transferred on to the fabric using heat and pressure. This method offers an alternative to the conventional screen printing and the use often depends on design and print quantities.
Using standard lithographic printing process, the design is printed on special paper, and this design is transferred from paper to fabric. Suitable for photographic images and cost effective for larger quantities
Screen Print Transfer
Image is screen printed onto release paper. These screen printed transfers are heat applied easily to caps, bags, jackets.
Images created digitally on vinyl using CMYK process, the vinyl image is applied to the fabric with heat. This form of printing is economical for small print run
Design created using flexible vinyl material which is then applied to the fabric. Commonly used for block colours and text.
Crystal diamante can be added to your design to give you some bling sophistication